Posted in India, Web 2.0

Redbus.in – Bus tickets in India

This is a great example of a practical and useful site that I came across today. I need to talk to the the company that developed the site.

redBus is an innovation from  Pilani Soft Labs Pvt. Ltd. (www.pilanisoftlabs.com ) The company is setup by BITS-Pilani alumnus with the vision to innovate for everyone’s convenience.

Interestingly, the company is an association of BITS Pilani alumni and is mentored by TiE Banglore.

UPDATE: Redbus.in has been acquired by Naspers group now.

Posted in desi, Geeks, Tech, Startups, India, Web 2.0

Sapne – Indian Matrimonial Search

I happened to meet the co-founder of Sapne.com yesterday and he explained me about the site he has developed – Sapne.com. It is a Matrimonial aggregator that aggregates Matrimonial listings from various site and allows users to do search at one place.

The site is simple and easy to use, still lacks content for some categories and seems to be highly inspired by SimplyHired.com

Posted in Geeks, Tech, Startups, India, Web 2.0

Top Web apps in Sweden

Bjorn Fant has written a nice article on Top Web 2.0 apps in Sweden. It reminds of the current Top Web 2.0 apps in India.

So many apps in India and apparently Sweden are doing the same thing (nonetheless, have been successful in doing these) :

* A Digg clone

* A Youtube clone

* A social networking / Myspace clone

* A Meetings Calendar, Meeup.com clone

* Podcasting / WordPress or Blip.tv clone

* A Wikipedia clone…

Posted in India, Web 2.0

Web 2.0 in India

Business Standard, a prominent business newpaper in India has an article on Web 2.0 in India

But a logical progression of technology is being viewed with a lot of skepticism in the country.

It’s little wonder, then, that Indian companies too have jumped on the
bandwagon. They include Bixee, Pixrat, Zoho and Glogblog, Pixrat, is a
social bookmarking service for photos; Bixee is a Web Crawler for jobs;
and Glogblog is an Indian online local community site – a desi version
of Craigslist if one must compare. Zoho.com from Advent.Net, another
Web 2.0 candidate, has a bunch of applications from calendar to
spreadsheets. MapmyIndia (from CE Infosystems) has released a beta
version of a GoogleMap type digitised mapping product. It works on both
the web and on the mobile. The list, of course, is not exhaustive.

Avnish Bajaj, Founder of Bazee.com, now eBay India, exaplains why Web 2.0 is less likely to succeed in India

“Will this imported concept work in India? asks Avinash Bajaj, founding
MD of Matrix Partners Investment Fund. “I’ve met nearly 20 social
networking start-ups who are trying to do a youtube.com in India, in
the last couple of months,” he explains. He reasons his skepticism
stems from the fact that Internet users in India spend a fraction of
the time compared to the US counterparts where the Web 2.0 models are
successful. Besides, he adds, “the Indian psyche is different. Hence
there’s no viral effect and these sites are difficult to monetise in
India”.

Posted in Skype, voip

Demo of calling with Jajah over regular phones

Roman Scharf, Jajah’s CEO, demonstrates how Jajah works to make low-cost – even free – phone calls around the world with a regular phone. On the other line is Guy Kawasaki, famous evangelist and blogger.
It looks pretty cool & uses a plug-in for java phone and they are also coming versions for CDMA. Text SMS to call is also in the pipeline.

Check out the video.

Posted in Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails Camp in San Jose on November 9th

Ruby on Rails Camp

Ruby on Rails Camp

Ruby on Rails Camp will be a gathering of enthusiasts who want to share and learn more about Ruby on Rails (RoR) in an open environment. It will be an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants.

The Bay Area RoR Camp will be held November 9 at IBM Almaden Research Center. We’ll start at 9am to create our agenda, and will our close/wrap-up around 6pm. Check the Unconference Info page for procedural info.

I am planning to be there. Let me know, if you are attending and would like to chat.

Posted in Blogosphere

nangpa la shootings

On September 30, several mountain climbers witnessed Chinese border guards shooting at and killing Tibetan refugees trying to escape into Nepal. Of the 70 Tibetan refugees who tried to escape, at least 2 (a nun and a young boy) and possibly 7 were killed. At least 10 young children were taken into custody at gunpoint. Of the 70, 41 or so made it to Nepal.

The Chinese Government claims that the Chinese soldiers shot the Tibetans out of self defense. Check out the video that a Romanian cameraman for ProTV took of the shooting at the Tibetans and decide for yourself.